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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:21:45AM

Frugal gardeners’ guide to repurposing tools
for the garden

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

The frugal gardener can find lots of uses for household items in the garden. Kitchen tools, recyclable containers, pails and more can be turned into helpful gardening aids. A little ingenuity in the garden can save you money, and keep some materials out of landfills.

By Karen Smoke

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Garden catalogs offer lots of nifty but pricey gardening tools. We’ve found some of our favorite tools by repurposing or recycling items for use in the garden.

Our favorite repurposed tools are two large tubs we call drag buckets. We saw some supersize large planting tubs abandoned at a landscaping job. We stopped and asked if we could have them. With the addition of a length of rope and a wood handle, they are easy to drag about the yard and perfect for gathering lightweight materials such as leaves or grass clippings to add to our compost piles. In the winter, we use them for moving firewood for our woodstove. If not overfilled we can even pull them up our broad stairway.

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